Resolution J4672-2013

Commemorating the 2nd Annual Bronx Day in Albany celebration upon the occasion of marking the Centennial of the incorporation of Bronx County

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  • Apr 25, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 2nd Annual Bronx Day in Albany
celebration upon the occasion of marking the Centennial of the  incorpo-
ration of Bronx County

WHEREAS,  Each  and  every  city,  town,  village, and hamlet within its
borders proudly resonates with the rich and noble history of  the  State
of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize those
events which foster civic pride and highlight the contributions  of  the
communities  which comprise the noble body of this great Empire State to
the progression and development of our society; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concerns, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commem-
orate  the  2nd Annual Bronx Day in Albany celebration upon the occasion
of marking the Centennial of the incorporation  of  Bronx  County;  this
festive  affair will take place on Monday, April 28, 2014, at The Egg in
Albany, New York; and
  WHEREAS, The purpose of the annual Bronx Day in Albany celebration  is
to  promote  Bronx  pride, and allow Bronxites to share their vision for
the future of their borough, as well as  introduce  their  products  and
services;  2014  celebration  activities include tours of the Capitol; a
small business forum for Bronx businesses; a luncheon; and a  "Taste  of
the Bronx" evening reception featuring music from local Bronx bands, and
a showcase of the best food of the borough; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Bronx  was  incorporated  in 1914, the last of New York
State's 62 counties to be established;  however,  this  diverse  munici-
pality  has  played  a noteworthy role in the evolution of New York from
its early beginnings; and
  WHEREAS, Forty-two square miles in size, and the only section  of  New
York  City  on  the mainland, The Bronx is named in memory of the area's
first European settler, Jonas Bronck; its  earliest  settlement  was  in
1639 along the Harlem River in what is now Mott Haven; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Bronx was originally part of Westchester County and, in
1841, the New York and Harlem Railroad began  regular  commuter  service
between  The Bronx and Manhattan; by 1895, the area had become a part of
New York City; and
  WHEREAS, At the turn of the century, the quiet  suburban  streets  and
farms  of  The  Bronx  began to yield to rapidly expanding factories and
urban neighborhoods; in 1914, its main  thoroughfare,  the  Grand  Conc-
ourse, was completed and, by the 1920s, the Fordham Road-Grand Concourse
intersection  was  a  great  commercial nexus and a center of tree-lined
avenues, with luxurious homes and apartment buildings  designed  in  the
latest Art Deco and modernist styles; and
  WHEREAS,  Over the last decade of the 19th century and the first quar-
ter of the 20th century, many of the great landmarks which  continue  to
draw  hundreds  of  thousands  of  visitors to The Bronx every year were
developed, including the Bronx Zoo, one  of  the  largest  zoos  in  the
world;  the  beautiful  park-like New York Botanical Garden; the Hall of
Fame for Great Americans at Bronx Community College (the  former  campus
of New York University); and Yankee Stadium; and
  WHEREAS,  By  the late 2000s, The Bronx's bridges, highways, and rail-
roads were more heavily traveled than those of any  other  part  of  the
United  States,  and it is the home of twelve colleges and universities,
including Fordham University; the Maritime College of the State  Univer-
sity of New York; and three branches of the City University of New York,
Lehman  College,  Bronx Community College, and Hostos Community College;

almost 24 percent of the land area is  parkland,  including  Pelham  Bay
Park which, at 2,772 acres, is the largest park in the city; and
  WHEREAS,  With a population of more than 1.4 million people, The Bronx
is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse  communities  in  the
United  States,  and its vibrant neighborhoods, industrious civic groups
and robust small business sector have long provided both a haven  and  a
stepping stone for hard-working immigrants from all over the globe; and
  WHEREAS, Remaining fruitful over the ebb and flow of decades of growth
and change, Bronx County continues its commitment to enhancing the qual-
ity  of life of its residents, ensuring a progressive business, institu-
tional  and  educational  climate,  providing  essential  services,  and
retaining  the cultural vitality and environment that make it a positive
place in which to live, work and visit; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the  2nd  Annual  Bronx  Day in Albany celebration upon the
occasion of marking the Centennial of the incorporation of Bronx County,
in proud recognition of the significance of its continuing role  in  the
life of the community of the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Bronx Chamber of Commerce and the Bronx County Historical
Society.

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